Fr từ Bolshoye Olenevo, Nizhegorodskaya oblast', Nga, 606635
Đây là cuốn sách phi hư cấu yêu thích của tôi về Châu Phi. Kapuscinski kể những câu chuyện về trải nghiệm của chính mình ở nhiều quốc gia trên lục địa, đan xen với lịch sử của 50 năm qua. Tôi đã chọn cuốn sách này gần như một cách tình cờ tại London Heathrow, và kể từ đó đã đọc lại nó nhiều lần và cho nhiều người mượn nó.
Một văn bản tốt; rất thú vị Thật không may, nói chung không đủ dày cho mục đích của tôi.
This was the first book I read about Israel and Palestine, as a college freshman, and I found it a very comprehensible introduction. In the past two weeks (July 2006), as Israel has invaded Gaza and Lebanon, I have re-read the book and been stunned by how much I have learned reading it a second time (and after, four years later, having now read many other sources on the conflicts in the Middle East as well). This book has been very helpful for me in being able to understand what is happening in the world. It is still the best book I have found on Israel and Palestine. One of the things I most appreciate about it is that the different chapters and contributors all approach the issue from different angles: - Was Israel founded to counter anti-Semitism? (Actually, to my great surprise when I read it for the first time, Zionist leaders actually made deals with the Nazis to encourage more Jews to leave Europe and move to Palestine! This is in the book's first essay, "Zionism: False Messiah," with many more examples of how Zionist leaders prioritized their political goal of building a Jewish-only state above fighting anti-Semitism) - Why does the US offer so much support to Israel and how did this relationship evolve? How is it related to US support for other regimes in the Middle East, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and in the past, Iran and Iraq? - What was the "peace process" about and why did it fall apart? What were Israel, Arafat and the US each hoping to achieve from it? - Where did the different movements in Palestine (PLO, Hamas, Fatah, etc) come from and how are they different from each other? - What would Palestinian liberation look like and what kind of movement in the Middle East would win it? Is it possible for Arabs and Jews to live together without racism? How would we get there? ...and many more; those are just some examples. I find it very helpful that the book discusses so many aspects of the situation in the Middle East. It also includes interviews with and statements from Palestinian and Israeli activists who have resisted Zionism and Israeli colonialism. In short, I can't recommend this book more highly for anyone trying to understand the conflicts in the Middle East. I've lent my copy to a number of friends over the years, and I hope more people will buy and learn from this book.